English

Sheltered English

This course is designed for English language learners and integrates both language and content instruction, providing access to the mainstream, grade level content necessary for high school graduation. The purpose of this course to develop English language proficiency in order to prepare the students for the standard English classes. Using the ninth grade English curriculum as the framework, the course is structured to provide students with formal instruction in grammar, listening and speaking skills, literary analysis, vocabulary studies, and writing. The two semester course provides students with the daily opportunity to analyze complex grammar structures and rules and apply to their writing. Following a unit anchor text, students respond and propel discussion and presentations. They are encouraged to provide evidence to support point of view, bias, and credibility, adapting their speech to demonstrate command of formal English. A variety of short stories, novels, essays, poems, and think pieces are read so that guided exploration of themes in literature, literary devices, elements of story, character development, methods of persuasion, authorial intent and perspective may occur, and the students pay increase their ability to identify, thoughtfully analyze, and enjoy various genres of writing. Students will be guided through a diverse number of writing assignments with instruction provided pertaining to appropriate structure, effective thought flow, meaningful content, correct grammar, and cohesiveness of style. Students will be instructed in how to correctly insert parenthetical references into their writing and how to create a Works Cited page in keeping with the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. Students will write for a variety of purposes and will be encouraged to incorporate new vocabulary acquired within each unit.

English 9

Ninth grade English class is structured to provide students with formal instruction in grammar, listening and speaking skills, literary analysis, vocabulary studies, and writing. The two semester course provides students with the daily opportunity to analyse complex grammar structures and rules and apply to their writing. Following a unit anchor text, students respond and propel discussions and presentations. They learn to provide evidence and rhetoric to support point of view, bias, and credibility, adapting speech to demonstrate command of formal English.  A variety of short stories, novels, essays, poems, and think pieces are read so that guided exploration of themes in literature, literary devices, elements of story, character development, methods of persuasion, authorial intent and perspective may occur, and the students may increase their ability to identify, thoughtfully analyze, and enjoy various genres of writing. Students will be guided through a diverse number of writing assignments with instruction provided pertaining to appropriate structure, effective thought-flow, meaningful content, correct grammar, and cohesiveness of style. Students will be instructed in how to correctly insert parenthetical references into their writing and how to create a Works Cited page in keeping with the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. Student will write for a variety of purposes, and encouraged to incorporate new vocabulary learned each unit. This course is designed to prepare students for tenth grade English and is required for graduation.

English 9 Honors

The ninth grade Honors English class is an intensive course designed to prepare students for the rigors of high school and eventually college. Students in an Honors class are expected to work quickly, grasp contents more easily, and have prior knowledge of key literary terms; therefore, the class will move at a faster pace with more independent study. Most reading will be completed out of class, requiring students to be self-motivated. Class time is devoted to mastering concepts and discussing the unit of study. This course is structured to provide students with formal instruction in grammar, listening and speaking skills, literary analysis, vocabulary studies, and writing. The two semester course provides students with the daily opportunity to analyze complex grammar structures and rules and apply to their writing. Following a unit anchor text, students respond and propel discussions and presentations. They learn to provide evidence and rhetoric to support point of view, bias, and credibility, adapting their speech to demonstrate command of formal English. A variety of short stories, novels, essays, poems, and think pieces will be read so that guided exploration of themes with literature, literary devices, elements of story, character development, methods of persuasion, authorial intent and perspective may occur and the students may increase their ability to identify, thoughtfully analyze, and enjoy various genres of writing. Students will be guided through a diverse number of writing assignments with instruction provided pertaining to appropriate structure, effective thought-flow, meaningful content, correct grammar, and cohesiveness of style. Students will be instructed in how to correctly insert parenthetical references into their writing and how to create a Works Cited page in keeping with the Modern Language Association (MLA). Students will write for a variety of purposes. This course is designed to prepare students for tenth grade Honors English class and is required for graduation.

English 10

This is a year-long course consisting of four areas of language study necessary for effective communication: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students hone these skills through literary analysis, writing, sharing, and critical thinking in a 21st Century classroom. Organized around themes and genres from current and Classic texts, students engage multiple literacies through a mixture of traditional methods and technology as appropriate. Throughout the course, vocabulary and grammar/usage/mechanics are addressed in context and within the experience of the students’ own writings. Emphasis is placed on the development of comprehension and writing skills through essays, journals, presentations, and collaborative group processes. Students who complete this course can demonstrate competencies in the following: critical thinking and listening, world literature, research writing, creative writing, email etiquette, data management, multi-media presentations, and Microsoft Office as well as many other web-based applications. This course is required for graduation and provides necessary skills and concepts for students to succeed in any career path.

English 10 Honors

The Honors program has higher expectations, richer assignments, and deeper experiences than a traditional English classroom. This is a year-long Honors course consisting of four areas of language study necessary for effective communication: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students hone these skills through literary analysis, writing, sharing, and critical thinking in a 21st Century classroom. Organized around themes and genres from current and Classic texts, students engage multiple literacies through a mixture of traditional methods and technology as appropriate. Throughout the course, vocabulary and grammar/usage/mechanics are addressed in context and within the experience of the students’ own writings. Emphasis is placed on the development of comprehension and writing skills through essays, journals, presentations, and collaborative group processes. Students who complete this course can demonstrate competencies in the following: critical thinking and listening, world literature, research writing, creative writing, email etiquette, data management, multi-media presentations, and Microsoft Office as well as many other web-based applications. This course is required for graduation and provides necessary skills and concepts for students to succeed in any career path.

English 11

English 11, American Literature and Composition, is a year-long, multi-layered program of study focusing on the history and cultural progress of our country through literature, conveying the perceptions and experiences of American authors. Students will analyze and contextualize the evolution of literature reflective of American literary periods progressing from the origins of the American tradition through modern times by exploring the customs and norms of each period as revealed through unique perspectives from a variety of authors.

English 11 provides a challenging course of study that presents students with a wide variety of literature, an intensive writing program, vocabulary development, grammar review and practice, collaboration with peers, practice in evaluation and analysis, the ability to enhance research and technological skills, and the opportunity to express themselves through oral and written presentations.

English 11 Honors

English 11 Honors, American Literature and Composition, is a year-long multi-layered program of study focusing on the history and cultural progress of our country through literature, conveying the perceptions and experiences of American authors. Being in an advanced class, students are expected to learn at a faster pace, demonstrating the ability to handle in-depth coursework and, occasionally, multi-faceted assignments. Students will analyze and contextualize the evolution of literature reflective of American literary periods progressing from the origins of the American tradition through modern times by exploring the customs and norms of each period as revealed through unique perspectives from a variety of authors.

English 11 Honors provides a challenging course of study that presents students with a wide variety of literature, an intensive writing program, vocabulary development, grammar review and practice, collaboration with peers, practice in evaluation and analysis, the ability to enhance research and technological skills, and the opportunity to express themselves through oral and written presentations.

English 12

Senior English is a program of study that challenges, on many levels, the motivated student who approaches the development of written and oral communication and the study of human expression enthusiastically! 12th grade English is a culmination of the skills acquired in previous English classes, but the senior year further enhances previous learning with a myriad of topics: rhetorical skills, business writing, research, conventional English conventions in writing, critical reading comprehension applied to written and visual sources, study skills, learning styles, vocabulary enrichment, collaborative involvement, inter-and intra-personal skills. Additionally, the curriculum presents opportunities for individual student growth via a wide range of print and digital literature, writing with consideration for audience and purpose, critical thinking and college/work preparedness in  various computer presentation programs, evaluation, public speaking, and positive and meaningful character development via real and literary figures.

Traditional topics for this course include the oral tradition of the English language, a foundational introduction to the mythology of England (and some related world mythologies), storytelling, major cultural themes showcased through the writings of various periods of the British culture, vocabulary and idiomatic terms, an exploration of human experience and positive character development. This focus on character development is achieved through reading classic and modern literatures that exemplify the cultural beliefs and ideologies of its people; additional skills and learning opportunities come through practice with conventional grammar and usage form, expository writing, oral presentations, collaborative and individual projects, critical thinking, research and MLA documentation, debate, business writing, argument and fallacies in argument. Furthermore, students examine and evaluate 21st century literacies and cultural markers significant in our technology-driven society from a variety of media sources (print and visual), and they are presented with techniques for deconstructing meaning.